Alice Austen House


11/8/141:00pm– 4:00pm

Vintage Camera Day

Vintage Camera Day is a celebration of the history of the camera. In her time, Alice Austen used a glass plate camera, but like many photographers today, she followed the latest trends in camera and lens technology. This event will feature activities on vintage image-making, talks by artists and photographers, and displays of vintage cameras and equipment.

Activities include:
-Vintage camera show-and-tell (BYOC - bring your own camera)
-Tours of Alice Austen’s darkroom
-Display of one of Alice Austen’s original cameras
-Dress-up for a silhouette photograph
-View vintage photography and camera collections with artist Ciro Galeno (including ambrotypes, tintypes, daguerreotypes)
-Learn about Alice Austen’s lenses and cameras (@1:30 p.m.) with Geoffrey Berliner, Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation
-Steampunk Photo Parlor Tricks magic lantern demonstration (@ 3:00 p.m.) with Edward Coppola and Doug Schwab

About the presenters:
Ciro Galeno, Jr. works as the Assistant Director for The Noble Maritime Collection. He holds the Bachelor of Science Degree in Communication Arts, with a focus on graphic design from St. John's University. He has also studied exhibition design and arts administration at New York University. He is also an artist.

Geoffrey Berliner is co-developer and Executive Director of the Penumbra Foundation, a non-profit photographic arts and education organization devoted to offering a complete curriculum from the inception of photography in 1839 to the present digital age.

Edward Coppola is a Staten Island photographer and sculptor. He is an adjunct professor and senior college laboratory technician in photography at Brooklyn College. He received his MFA in photography from Brooklyn College in 1998. Works by Mr. Coppola have been included in exhibitions across the U.S., including the Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn; the CEPA Gallery in Buffalo, NY; the Center for Photography at Woodstock, NY; and Photographic Center Northwest in Seattle.

Doug Schwab is an artist, photographer and educator living and working in Brooklyn, NY. He has taught photography at Adelphi University and Pratt Institute among other schools and colleges. Currently he is an Assistant Professor of Photography at Brooklyn College.

This program is made possible by an encore grant from Staten Island Arts, with public funding from the New York Staten Council on the Arts.
11/14/147:00pm– 9:00pm

Premiere of The Study & Artist's Talk

Alice Austen House Unveils “The Study,” A new Arts Resource on Staten Island 

Join us for a reception unveiling The Shadwell Study, a lounge at the museum for perusing art and photography journals. The Study is a place for artists, researchers, and museum visitors to explore the latest art publications and learn more about Alice Austen through photographs, articles and books that give context to her work. During the reception, artist Yola Monakhov Stockton, whose work is featured in our current exhibition, "Fields of Inquiry," will be discussing her work and her forthcoming publication, "The Nature of Imitation." 

The Study is made possible through the vision and generosity of an anonymous artist working on Staten Island, who is a supporter of the museum and wanted to make these resources available to other artists on the Island. Additional funding is provided by the Paul E. Eklof Memorial Fund. The room is named after Wendy Shadwell (1942-2007), a friend and longtime curator of prints at the New York Historical Society, whose legacy gift helps ensure that Alice Austen will be known to future generations.

11/19/142:00pm– 3:00pm

House and Exhibition Tour

Come learn more about the Alice Austen House and our current exhibition at our monthly House and Exhibition Tour.  $5 suggested donation.

11/28/14– 11/30/14

Arts and Craft Fair

11:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. each day

Find unique handmade holiday gifts. Local artists and craftsmen will offer finely crafted jewelry, ceramics, knitted wears, illustrations, home goods, garden decor, and more. Shop local and warm up at Clear Comfort.